We didn’t realize when Navaratri went by. We didn’t celebrate it at all. Like always, though I had grand plans, I didn’t do anything for the festival. So I decided to cook a marathon for one of my favorite festivals – Diwali/Deepavali which is just round the corner. Instead of waiting till the big day, I thought of bringing the mood in both at home and this blog. So I started today.
It didn’t take much time to decide which sweet I wanted to make today. I love Rasgullas or Rosogullas, but I have never prepared them at home. I always thought they were very difficult to make. I am not saying this is the authentic version, but I can say they were very good. I din’t have rose water mentioned in many recipes, so I used cardamom powder.
I took help from this and this. Then I realized, I had only brown cane sugar. Still I went ahead and tried. They came out very good but they were brown because of brown sugar. So I decided to make one more batch with white sugar. I could not believe the quality of the Rasgullas, they were simply awesome. I wish I had tried these before, I didn’t know they were so easy to make.
6 cups milk (I used whole milk)
1-2 tbl spns lemon juice
1 cup sugar
2 and 1/2 cups water
1/4 tea spn cardamom powder
Take it on a plate and knead it very well to remove any chunks. This is very important to get good quality rasgullas. Now make small balls (of peda size), remember, when they are cooked, they increase in volume, so don’t make them too big. It is quite difficult to make these as they break very easily. So apply a bit of pressure to hold them together. Try to give them as smooth surface as possible.
In a big vessel, heat sugar and water. When the sugar is dissolved and syrup comes to boil, slowly add the balls. Remember they increase in size by 2-3 times. So make sure to use big enough vessel to hold them easily.
Now, bring down the heat to medium and close the lid (I made up this step. I didn’t want to cook them in cooker as mentioned in some of the links I saw, I felt by this way, I could take them off heat once they are cooked). Let it cook for about 25mins or until they are cooked. They are cooked when they have considerably increased in size. Take one rasgulla out and slightly apply pressure, if it comes back to original shape, it is cooked.
Add the cardamom powder and take off the heat. Serve them chilled.
Makes about 14 rasgullas
Preparation time : 60mins